In an period the place basic feminine comedian guide characters starting from Marvel Girl to Catwoman are getting the eye that they deserve, Harvey’s Black Cat appears surprisingly ignored. The character has been round since Pocket Comics #1, cover-dated August, 1941 — 4 months earlier than the debut of Marvel Girl. The creation of Alfred Harvey and artist Al Gabriele, Black Cat would go on to develop into one in every of Harvey’s most profitable and longest-lived characters of the Golden Age. Shortly after the character’s personal sequence obtained underway in 1946 with work by the likes of Joe Simon and Joe Kubert, artist Lee Elias started to make his mark on the character along with his detailed however slick type and distinctive storytelling skills. There is a good group of Black Cat Comics in excessive grade up for grabs on this week’s 2021 July 4-5 Sunday & Monday Comedian Books Choose Public sale #122127 from Heritage Auctions.
An underrated artist right now regardless of having additionally labored on characters together with Black Canary, Inexperienced Lantern, and Hawkman for DC Comics, Elias was born in 1920 in Manchester, UK, however moved to the US whereas he was nonetheless very younger. He studied artwork at Cooper Union and the Artwork College students League and made his comedian guide debut at Fiction Home in 1943. Harvey’s Black Cat Comics contains stand-out examples of Elias at his greatest, and there is a good group of Black Cat Comics in excessive grade up for grabs on this week’s 2021 July 4-5 Sunday & Monday Comedian Books Choose Public sale #122127 from Heritage Auctions.
#3 (Harvey, 1946) Situation: VF. Al Avison cowl. Lee Elias artwork. Overstreet 2021 VF 8.0 worth = $222.
Black Cat Comics #6 (Harvey, 1947) Situation: VF+. Joe Simon and Jack Kirby artwork. Lee Elias cowl and artwork. Scarlet Arrow look by Bob Powell. Origin of the Pink Demon. Overstreet 2021 VF 8.0 worth = $256; VF/NM 9.0 worth = $428.
Black Cat Comics #10 (Harvey, 1948) Situation: VF. Lee Elias cowl and artwork. Overstreet 2021 VF 8.0 worth = $168.
Black Cat Comics #13 (Harvey, 1948) Situation: VF+. Lee Elias artwork. Cream to off-white pages. Overstreet 2021 VF 8.0 worth = $168; VF/NM 9.0 worth = $274.